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BlackBerry Sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Over BBM Patent Infringement

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Blackberry smartphones were one of the top smartphones manufacturers back in time mainly due to its Blackberry Messenger Service. But due to services like WhatsApp, Facebook, and other instant messengers, Blackberry lost one of its biggest USP. The company had to finally bring its BBM app to Android and iOS as they have to earn via there services.

Now the Canada based company has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. All the three services are owned by Facebook only. The lawsuit was filled in for the argument that the company has copied features and technology from BBM to its three apps.

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“Defendants created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality enhancing features,” BlackBerry said in a filing with a Los Angeles federal court. As reported by Gadgets 360 this might be a part of Blackberry’s strategy for making money.

Blackberry has given rights to manufacture and sell its smartphones to TCL and other companies as they had lost its market share in the smartphone market. Its Chief Executive John Chen is trying hard to make money for the company which they have not been able to do in recent past.

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“Protecting shareholder assets and intellectual property is the job of every CEO,” BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said in an email. However, she noted that litigation was “not central to BlackBerry’s strategy.” In reply to Blackberry’s Law Suit, Facebook Deputy General Counsel Paul Grewal said that they will fight the lawsuit.

“Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business.” “Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others,” Paul Grewal said in a statement. We have seen Blackberry do this in past, last year they got around $940 million from Qualcomm Inc over royalty payments. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.

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